hoary kernel point release
Fabio Massimo Di Nitto
fabbione at ubuntu.com
Tue May 24 05:46:39 UTC 2005
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Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Tue, May 17, 2005 at 07:20:52AM +0200, Fabio Massimo Di Nitto wrote:
>>it is probably time to discuss a possible kernel update for hoary.
>>Right now I have been informed by upstream that one of the SATA patches
>>that are inside our tree is extremely dangerous and it can cause data corruption.
>>There is no update to that patch so it must to be reverted.
>>the impact of this fix is pretty high unfortunatly. It seems to introduce an ABI change
>>and it will kill 2 modules from our tree. The 2 modules are not used by d-i so that
>>makes things a bit better.
> Which patch, and which two modules?
When we pulled it in, we believed it was from linus head tree but it was instead from
ata-dev. The author of the patch told us that it is dangerous even if the bug report
asking for it says otherwise.
The 2 modules are:
This option enables support for ADMA-standard ATA controllers.
This option enables support for Promise PATA pdc20268 to pdc20277 host adapters.
>>A few minutes ago we found a bug on how our initrd is builded and due to this bug
>>the capability module is not added to the initrd as it should. The module is still
>>loaded at a later stage but this is not optimal.
> There is no need for capability support in the initrd; this seems harmless
> and therefore I don't think we should change it in the stable release.
According to some security guys this delay can cause a very short window of applications
running without cap support. Some of them advocate even that cap should be compiled in
and that the tristate (as module) is pointless, but that goes to the usual religion
believes in terms of security.
Adding the module is harmless, the fix is simply a cp in the right directory.
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